Sony IMX586 Smartphone Camera Sensor With 48 Effective Megapixels Resolution Launched

Sony IMX586 will cram 48 megapixels into smartphone cameras

"The new Sony sensor features 48 effective megapixels, a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture handsome, high-resolution images even with a smartphone".

A 0.8 micron pixel size might seem small and less efficient in capturing the entire light information, especially in low light. The enhanced MP count should give smartphone uses the ability to take SLR-quality images with lossless digital zoom.

The unit measures just 8.0mm diagonally.

With the new revelation, Sony has raised the smartphone camera standards to a whole new level.

Quad Bayer is not a completely novel addition.

While the sensor could theoretically make an appearance in a future iPhone, it's more likely to pop up in Sony's own handsets, although we don't yet know when that might happen.

A resolution comparison of a standard 12-megapixel sensor compared to the 48-megapixel
A resolution comparison of a standard 12-megapixel sensor compared to the 48-megapixel

Add all of this together with a dynamic range that's four times greater "than conventional products", and it sure does sound like Sony's got a victor on its hands. This is especially useful in low-light situations where the colors of those four adjacent pixels are added up, resulting in a high-quality, low-noise 12 megapixel image.

So to speak, the new sensor was created to improve light collection efficiency and photoelectric conversion efficiency, even when in zooming in, the image quality won't be as blurred as its predecessors. Sony promises that scenes with both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows.

Sony plans to start shipping the sensors in September, at a price of 3,000 yen ($27).

The IMX586 has a range of other interesting raw specifications, like DCI 4K video recording at 90 FPS, 1920x1080 at 240 FPS, and a cropped 720p capture at 480 FPS.

Sony's image sensor business so far has been quite profitable racking in $5.9 billion in revenues in 2017.

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